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Teagasc Sustainability Report Highlights Farming Income Gap

Teagasc has today (Tuesday, March 26) released a new report on sustainability, which “demonstrates the state of play” among various types of agriculture in Ireland.

Waiting game - Many parts of rural Ireland are still lacking in high-speed broadband

Waiting game – Many parts of rural Ireland are still lacking in high-speed broadband

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Glanbia Ireland And Kepak Launch New Calf To Beef Club With Advanced Payments And Bonuses

  • Plans to rapidly expand numbers in the programme to 50,000 per annum
  • Concerns among farmers about having to purchase inputs from Glanbia
  • Glanbia Ireland (GI) and Kepak Group have today announced an ambitious and innovative new calf-to-beef programme.


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How To Deal With Heavy Grass Covers On Your Farm

The spring of 2019 has presented many opportunities as well as challenges in terms of grass growth on farms.

Given the above average temperatures we have seen, grass growth has gotten off to a flying start although it has been… Continue reading

Precision Farming On 2,400 Acres In Donegal – Inside Ireland’s Largest Organic Farm

The owner of the country’s largest organic farm  is aiming for self-sufficiency on everything from  animal feed to energy supply, writes Grace Maher.

When the biggest organic farm in the country went on the market a few years back, it… Continue reading

How Land Value Is Assessed For Compulsory Purchase Orders

The valuation of land for a CPO should be a simple process, but this is not usually the case.

For a start, there are a number of different interpretations of land value which have to be considered:

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7 Bowel Cancer Warning Signs You Should Never Ignore

To mark April’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, two colorectal surgeons outline the symptoms everybody needs to know about.

Colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer

Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in the UK (lung cancer causes most deaths), but… Continue reading

Passion For Traditional Farm Buildings In Co. Louth

Pat McMahon from Co Louth recently held an open day to showcase improvements made to his traditional farm buildings, writes Aine Gaffney.


Before, one of the biggest issues with old buildings is water ingress.

Before, one of the biggest issues with old buildings is water ingress.

Pat McMahon is a suckler… Continue reading

When To Treat Grassland Weeds For Best Kill Results

Most chemical weed applications fail because farmers apply too late, according to independent grassland consultant George Fisher.

Dock -Pic. Tim Scrivener

Dock -Pic. Tim Scrivener

“Timing is critical when treating weeds. You need the chemical to absorb through the leaves and go into the… Continue reading

6 Ways To Build Resilience And Adapt To The Stresses In Farming

A key focus in this year’s Positive Farmers conference was mental resilience towards the inevitable stressors that each farmer is subject throughout the year.

Speaking about how farmers can best overcome these stresses and become ‘resilient’, Dr. Nollaig Heffernan, of… Continue reading

Check Maps And Boundaries If Buying Property

A person buying property should always be advised to instruct an engineer to check that the boundaries of the property on the ground match the maps.

beautiful lush Irish farmland

This is good practice and ensures that what is purported as being sold matches… Continue reading

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

The Rural Enterprise Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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